If you suffer a fracture in your foot and need to wear a cast, it may be impossible for you to return to work in your normal capacity. This is especially true if you need to keep your foot elevated to encourage healing. Being out of work for a long period of time may not be your ideal situation but if you come back to work too early, you run the risk of re-fracturing your foot with long-term consequences. This may include chronic pain and the development of arthritis.
It is important to keep up with your follow up appointments concerning your fracture. Additional x-rays will need to be completed to ensure the bones are healing properly. You also need to be sure you are paying attention to your doctor’s orders. Returning to work too soon or against the advice of your doctor can put you out of work on a permanent basis.
Working with a serious injury such as a fracture in your foot can cause you a permanent disability in the long-term. While the pain will grow worse, you will also experience more serious problems that can cause medical complications. It is important to seek medical attention when you suspect a fracture. You may want to ice your injury on the way to the doctor to keep the swelling down. Be sure to report your injury as work-related before treatment so your medical costs will be covered appropriately.
Foot fractures require a doctor’s care for several weeks or months. Be sure to keep up with your appointments and do not return to work until your doctor provides a release. Returning to work too soon can be a painful experience. Contact our law office to discuss your work-related injury today by dialing toll free at 888-799-3918 or by using our online contact form for more information.